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  • 2023 Christmas Interviews: Mrs. Kidwell's Kindergarten

    Dec 6, 2023

    OWEN HALLFORD LEDGER: What's your favorite part about Christmas? OWEN: Decorating the tree! L: You put a tree in your house? O: I did and I cutted a real one! L: How tall is your tree? O: I don't know,'s a whole lotta big! We had to cut the top off! L: What do you decorate your tree with? O: Bulbs and I putted other stuff on it. L: What's at the top of your tree? O: Nothing! L: Nothing at all? O: (laughs) No! Because it's too big and we cutted the top off! L: What do you want for...

  • 2023 Christmas Interviews: Mrs. Johnson's Kindergarten

    Dec 6, 2023

    MAYSIN COOPER LEDGER: Have you ever been to the North Pole? MAYSIN: No. L: Do you know the temperature there? M: (thinks hard) No? L: Is there someone special who lives in the North Pole? M: (lights up) Santa! L: Aww Santa! What does Santa do? M: He gets presents for me! L: How does he know to bring you presents? How does he know if you've been good? M: (long pause) Cuz he.....he...I think he makes a prediction. L: How does Santa get to your house? M: He flies! (flaps her arms) L: Oh! Santa has...

  • 2023 Christmas Interviews: Mrs. Coombe's Kindergarten

    Dec 6, 2023

    MARLEE LEARN LEDGER: How does Santa Claus get into your house? MARLEE: Ummmm...I think he makes a chimney on the roof. L: He makes one? M: Yes, he makes one because we don't have one. L: Do you hear him working on building the chimney? M: No. L: How does he do it? M: Hmmmm...I think it's magic! L: Does Santa drive a car? M: No, he has a sled! L: A sled! What kind of sled? M: A flying sled! L: Does it have an engine or wings? M: (laughs) No, the reindeers make it move! L: What do reindeer look...

  • Animal Friends Help Bring in Holiday Season!

    Dec 6, 2023

  • Don't Miss the MANY Events Happening This Week in Whitehall!

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 6, 2023

    Christmas Festival week is here! We have many activities happening this week, something for everyone! DECEMBER 1-9 • BUSINESS BINGO: Pick up your Business Bingo card at the Whitehall Chamber office/kiosk the week before the Christmas Festival and visit all the wonderful businesses on the card for a stamp. Turn in your completed card at the Whitehall Community Center by 5 PM on Saturday, December 9th at the community center to win the annual Business Bingo competition! WEDNESDAY, 12/6 • KRA...

  • Happy Hanukkah to Whitehall's Jewish Families

    HEATHER DENNY, Whitehall Resident|Dec 6, 2023

    This time of year, most of the families in Whitehall are busy decorating for Christmas, shopping for Christmas gifts, and planning Christmas dinner. But a few families in Whitehall are focused on a holiday that begins on the evening of December 7th and lasts for eight days, Hanukkah, also known as The Festival of Lights. The holiday, like Christmas, is marked by food, the lighting of candles, and prayer. What is Hanukkah, and how is it different from Christmas? Hanukkah is not "Jewish...

  • Op Ed: This Year, More Montanans Holiday Shopping for Health Insurance

    OLIVIA RIUTTA, Montana Primary Care Association|Dec 6, 2023

    This holiday season, more Montanans will be navigating the annual open enrollment period for health insurance, seeking quality and affordable health insurance plans for their families. Cover Montana has a team of health insurance navigators who can help Montanans make sense of their options during this crucial period, which runs from November 1, 2023, to January 15, 2024. But this year stands out because more than 100,000 Montanans are no longer covered by Medicaid or Healthy Montana Kids...

  • Dear Editor: Thank You from the Charles Family

    THE CHARLES FAMILY|Dec 6, 2023

    Dear Editor, The Charles Family would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped, participated in, and attended Donald Charles' funeral. A special acknowledgment to Crystal Charles-Ascheman for the elaborate florals; Autumn and Ralph Jones for the funeral programs they prepared, which were a lovely tribute to this solemn remembrance; Ariane Jones, who patiently filmed this event so all who could not attend were able to view it later and remotely, by going to We want...

  • A Shop Local Poem from the Whitehall Chamber


    'Twas the week of our Christmas Festival & all through the town Whitehall Chamber Members were bustling, up aisles and down. Gifts were hung in the windows all with great care, In hopes the community would SHOP LOCAL there. The merchants were busy - no time for their beds, Visions of happy customers danced in their heads. When out on the street there arose such a clatter. We sprang from our office to see what was the matter. Away to the windows, we flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and...

  • Thought Provokers: 12/6/2023

    Dec 6, 2023

    They only had to change the word snake to essential to get us to buy these oils again. Google Maps must have saved a lot of marriages. You know it’s a great vacation when the most stressful part is getting ready to leave. Explaining a problem you are having is not the same as complaining about it - but way too many people think it is. 2075 to 2150 seems a lot longer than 1905 to 1980. Every eyebrow looks weird if you look at it for 5 seconds. Garlic and onion, arguably the two most important and widely used ingredients in all of cooking, are g...

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago...December, Part I

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Dec 6, 2023

    8 YEARS AGO - December, Part I: December 1897 was proving to have a typical Montana winter. More horrific deaths were reported in the Butte mines. At Dunham, Montana, on the Blackfoot reservation, a wreck on the Great Northern railway resulted in two deaths and two injuries with the eastbound passenger train engines a tangled mass after derailing from heavy snow. The University of Montana and the Bozeman Agricultural College (now MSU) played a Thanksgiving Day football game with U of M...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 12/2/1998

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 6, 2023

    DECEMBER 2, 1998 Jessica Brower of Whitehall was one of seven Montana State University-Bozeman students to present a poster explaining her research at this year's National Collegiate Honors Council conference in Chicago. Georgiana Andersen of Dillon and Doreen McDowell of Cardwell were two of the honorees at the annual Cardwell School Thanksgiving Meal for area senior citizens, held at noon on November 25 in the Cardwell School gym. Whitehall area homeschoolers presented two plays during the...

  • Between the Stacks: 12/6/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Dec 6, 2023

    The Christmas Festival is around the corner and the Library will host its normal packed schedule of activities and treats. On Saturday, December 9th, the Library will be open from 9 AM to 4 PM and will begin the day with the Friends Book Sale at 9 AM. Books will be $1 a bag for the day. Children's crafts will go from 10 AM to noon. Children of all ages may come and create their own colorful Christmas stockings and ornaments. All materials will be provided by the Library. Then at noon, the...

  • WHS Honor Society Donates To Whitehall Food Pantry

    JANET HEILIG, WHS Honor Society|Dec 6, 2023

    The Whitehall High School Honor Society (WHSHS) was able to present the Whitehall food pantry with a check for $550 on November 29. This money was collected during Cat/Griz week in the K-12 classrooms. Honor Society members went around each morning and collected money for the Cats or the Griz in their buckets. The Griz won in the bucket and on the field, but we feel the real winner is our local food bank!...

  • 'Tis the Season

    JAYNE DEAN, Whitehall Resident|Dec 6, 2023

    The Advent Wreath Workshop at St. Teresa's was full of good cheer, lots of creativity, and a table full of delicious cookies for sharing. What a special beginning to a beautiful season....

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 12/6/2023

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Dec 6, 2023

    Home Automation Technology In a world increasingly driven by technology, the concept of home automation may seem like a realm reserved for tech wizards. However, the truth is that home automation, the ability to control various devices and systems in your home from a central point, is becoming more accessible and user-friendly for everyone, regardless of their tech expertise. Imagine waking up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee as your lights gently brighten to mimic the sunrise. This...

  • MSU Extension: Use an MSA as a Holiday Gift & Legacy

    KALEENA MILLER and MARSHA GOETTING, MSU Extension|Dec 6, 2023

    This is one in a series of articles focusing on estate and legacy planning. The authors are Kaleena Miller, Madison-Jefferson County Extension Agent,, and Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist, Montanans can open a Medical Care Savings Account (MSA) or make deposits into existing MSAs before Dec. 31 and reduce their state income taxes for 2023, according to Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension family economics specialist. MSA account holders may deposit up to $4,500 to use...

  • Troy Henry Braaten, 6

    Dec 6, 2023

    Troy Henry Braaten of Sheridan, Montana passed away November 29, 2023, just before his 7th birthday. He was born December 9, 2016, in Dillon, MT to parents Rodney and Amanda (Young) Braaten and big sisters Hannah, Nicole, and Janell. From a young age, Troy loved hay bales and tractors. He loved to go on the four-wheeler to the fields to irrigate; so much so, he used his own money to buy an irrigating shovel. His favorite season was "haying season." He loved to ride in the tractor and bale wagon... Full story

  • I-15 Bridge Rehabilitation Project South of Helena Paused for Winter

    Dec 6, 2023

    The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Frontier West, Inc. have paused bridge work between Helena and Jefferson City for the winter. Construction will resume in the spring. The I-15 Bridge Rehabilitations, Jefferson City, and Clancy Area project began in the spring of 2023. The project consists of rehabilitating 12 bridges in southwestern Montana along Interstate 15 (I-15). Gary Berg, MDT Butte District Project Manager, would like to thank the public for their understanding and cooperation during this busy construction season....

  • Caught In the Act of Holiday Decorating!

    JAYNE DEAN, Whitehall Resident|Dec 6, 2023

    Aha! The Whitehall Garden Club elves were caught decorating the fire station barrels for the upcoming holiday months! They decorated throughout the fire siren going off, and watched as Whitehall's volunteer firefighter men and women arrived to get to the emergency, sirens blaring and making all of us so proud! Whitehall is blessed!...

  • WQW Announces Classical Piano Concert Featuring Organization's Founder Eric Hastings

    STEVIE THIEME, Warriors and Quiet Waters|Dec 6, 2023

    Warriors & Quiet Waters (WQW) Foundation will host its first classical music fundraiser, featuring the talent of military veteran, pianist, and retired Marine Corps Colonel Eric Hastings. "An Evening with Colonel Eric Hastings," which will take place at Reynolds Recital Hall at the School of Music at Montana State University, plans to host up to 240 people on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at 7 PM. The event will raise essential funds for Warriors & Quiet Waters, an organization committed to...

  • Holidays: Time to Address Men's Mental Wellbeing

    TANNER GOOCH, Intermountain Health|Dec 6, 2023

    ‘Movember’ is a movement designed to spread awareness about men’s health. Even though we are moving into December, it is still important to talk about men’s mental health and suicide prevention as we approach the holidays. There has been a stigma for men to address their own mental well-being and the notion to “keep quiet.” This is an underlying problem that has been common in society – men have not been addressing their own mental health enough, according to Kyler Kingston, MD, an Internal Medicine physician with St. James Healthcare. ...

  • POOL SHARK REPORT: Week of 11/30/2023

    MADELAINE CARMODY, Whitehall Pool League|Dec 6, 2023

    WEEK OF 11/30/2023 TEAM: K-Bar 1: 78 wins Mint 2: 62 wins Mint 4: 58 wins Two Bit 2: 48 wins Two Bit 1: 47 wins MEN Jon Belisario Gordy Lyons WOMEN Deanna Wall Leslie Dyson...

  • First SHOP LOCAL & WIN Winner Misty Hammerbacker

    CHIARA SCHOBER, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce|Dec 6, 2023

    Hey there, holiday shoppers! The Whitehall Holiday Shopping Extravaganza is here, and it's your chance to light up the season with incredible prizes, all while supporting your favorite local businesses. The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce conducted its first drawing on Friday, December 1st and the winner is...Misty Hammerbacker! Misty wasn't available for a photo, so Amelia Schober is displaying the basket Misty won (at left). Here's the scoop: For every $25 you spend in the heart of Whitehall...

  • Whitehall Chamber Corner: Slay the Biggest Impediment to Adopting a Growth Mindset

    Dec 6, 2023

    Before you read this article, open the internet, and ask “How many business professionals are busy?” For a little extra fun, substitute business professionals with your specific industry. You’ll see pages and pages of results and studies all saying the same thing—more than half of people are busy (some studies report well over 75%) and stressed because of it. Busyness, not to be confused with business, is the top impediment to adopting a growth mindset, and yet most business gurus will tell you a growth mindset is exactly what you need to thri...

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